Zambia has ushered in new environmental law
Mahe, Seychelles, 21 June 2011 - Chief of National Ozone Unit of Zambia announced today in the Regional Network Meeting of 24 African countries, being held in Seychelles and organized by UNEP OzonAction that as of 12 April 2011, the Zambian President Rupiah Bwezani Banda signed into law the Environmental Management Act (EMA) No. 12 of 2011.
The EMA replaces and repeals the former Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Act (EPPCA) Cap 204 of 1990. The EMA continues the existence of the Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ) and renames it the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).
Major inclusions in the EMA include provision for Integrated Environmental Management (IEM), provision for the declaration of protected areas, a general increase in penalties, the imposition of orders for remedying pollution. Further, the production of State of Environment (SOE) Reports and the need for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is now legislated, there is provision for the appointment of honorary environmental inspectors.
While congratulating Zambia’s Ozone Unit, Rajendra Shende, Head of the UNEP’s OzonAction Programme said, "Zambia has now fully mainstreamed the ODS (ozone depleting substances) regulations in its national Environmental Act. This would add to the sustainability of the phase out of ODS and also contribute to sustained recovery of the ozone layer. The enhanced penalties for the breach of the law and smuggling of ODS show the right way to tighten the grip over the illegal trade”.
For further information:
Jeremy Boubie Bazye
Senior Regional Coordinator
UN GIGIRI, United Nations Avenue,
NOF Block 2 - Ground Level - South wing,
G.P.O 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: + 254 20 7624281
Mobile: 254-733611288 / 714636316
Fax.: 254 20 7623165
Mr Mathias Banda
Coordinator, National Ozone Unit
Environmental Council of Zambia
Corner Suez/Church Road, P O Box 35131
Tel: + 260 211 254 023/59
Fax: + 260 211 254 164